a bond or obligation of record entered into before a court of record or a magistrate, binding a person to do a particular act.
the sum pledged as surety on such a bond.
Archaic. a token; badge.
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How to use recognizance in a sentence
His attorney, James Knox, did not respond to a request for comment, but the clerk for the Rotterdam Town Court said McDermott pleaded not guilty and was released on his own recognizance.Dozens of nooses have shown up on U.S. construction sites. The culprits rarely face consequences. | Taylor Telford | July 22, 2021 | Washington Post
During his appearance in court Wednesday, he said he is seeking an attorney and was released on personal recognizance.Marine Corps officer is first known active-duty service member charged in Capitol riot | Alex Horton, Spencer Hsu | May 13, 2021 | Washington Post
After appearing via teleconference in federal court on Thursday, Chapman was reportedly released on his own recognizance.‘We Are Not a Match.’ Bumble User Turns in Alleged Capitol Rioter Who Boasted About Taking Part in the Jan. 6 Insurrection | Megan McCluskey | April 23, 2021 | Time
The records show he was released on personal recognizance with a requirement that he report regularly to the court’s Pre-Trial Services Agency, and a stay-away order was issued by the judge.U.S. Attorney’s Office prosecutes just 7 D.C. hate crimes in 2020 | Lou Chibbaro Jr. | April 2, 2021 | Washington Blade
Keller, 38, was released last month on a personal recognizance bond and is in Colorado Springs.Grand jury beefs up charges against Olympian Klete Keller related to Capitol riot | Rick Maese | February 11, 2021 | Washington Post
He was released within the hour without a bond on his own recognizance.
Williams was released on his own recognizance over the weekend and is expected back before a judge on Feb. 9, 2015.Exposed: The Gay-Bashing Pastor’s Same-Sex Assault | M.L. Nestel | December 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Addison spent four nights in jail, she told me on FaceTime during a period when she was out on her own recognizance.Let’s Free Stacey Addison, The Oregon Woman Jailed at the Ends of the Earth | Christopher Dickey | October 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Luchkiw was released on her own recognizance, as would have normally been the case in such a bust.A Sax Player, Then a Suspect After Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Final Act | Michael Daly | February 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
She was released on her recognizance and is now back on the streets.
He held it, but it was without pressure; without recognizance of the delight with which he once grasped it.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
"A writ of recognizance," the fat man said, handing his paper to the captain.The Status Civilization | Robert Sheckley
Amos Jolliff discharged from his recognizance to attend as a witness.The Old Pike | Thomas B. Searight
While here we one afternoon received orders to prepare for a recognizance.Reminiscences of a Private | Frank M. Mixson
Never was there a bondsman offered more unfamiliar with the forms and ceremonies necessary to the record of the recognizance.Tin-Types Taken in the Streets of New York | Lemuel Ely Quigg
British Dictionary definitions for recognizance
a bond entered into before a court or magistrate by which a person binds himself to do a specified act, as to appear in court on a stated day, keep the peace, or pay a debt
a monetary sum pledged to the performance of such an act
an obsolete word for recognition
- recognizant or recognisant, adjective
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